County breaks ground for CR 491 project

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More than 30 people attended the County Road 491 widening project groundbreaking ceremony, including Commissioners Brian Coleman, Jeff Kinnard, Ron Kitchen and Jimmie T. Smith. Also attending were County Administrator Randy Oliver, County staff, community members and representatives from project partners, Pegasus Engineering and Commercial Industrial Corporation. (BOCC photo by Cindy Oswald, Public Information Officer on Aug. 2, 2017)

More than 30 people attended the County Road 491 widening project groundbreaking ceremony, including Commissioners Brian Coleman, Jeff Kinnard, Ron Kitchen and Jimmie T. Smith. Also attending were County Administrator Randy Oliver, County staff, community members and representatives from project partners, Pegasus Engineering and Commercial Industrial Corporation. (Aug. 2, 2017)

The Citrus County Commission on Wednesday broke ground for Phase 1 of the Roadway and Regional Stormwater and Utility Improvements Project for County Road 491.

Master of ceremonies was Citrus County Commission Chairman Scott Carnahan, who officiated over ceremonies at the corner of CR491 and State Road 44.

More than 30 people attended the event, including Commissioners Brian Coleman, Jeff Kinnard, Ron Kitchen and Jimmie T. Smith. Also attending were County Administrator Randy Oliver, County staff, community members and representatives from project partners, Pegasus Engineering and Commercial Industrial Corporation.

Phase I of the project includes a section of CR 491 that is less than a mile from the future Suncoast Parkway 2 ramp on SR 44, and is the third area to be widened by the county; the first section was from Grover Cleveland to SR 44 and the second was from CR 486 to Pine Ridge.

This specific phase of 491 is from Laurel Street to south of Audubon Park Path, approximately one mile in length. The roadway will be constructed with four travel lanes (convertible to six lanes in the future), with a grass center median and (2)-two lane support roads (Line and Southern).  The project also includes water and wastewater improvements, a 12-foot wide Multi-Use Path along the west side of the road and a 5 foot wide sidewalk along the east. 

The cost for road improvements and storm water will be $14.5 million – 50 percent of the project construction cost will be paid by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) through a Transportation of Regional Impact Grant and a County Incentive Grant.  The remainder of the project is funded through County Impact Fees and Gas Tax. Water and wastewater improvements will have a cost of $3.3M and will be paid through Utility revenue.

Motorists are advised to use caution in the area, and to look for alternate routes. Anticipated date of project completion is December 2019.

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